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Lucky, lucky me! I just found out that we are going to the F1 race on Sunday! Will I be seeing any <I>other</I> Volvos parked out in the parking lot? I've never been to a Formula One race "live", nor have I been to the Brickyard!!! Can't wait! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Anybody else going to the F1 GP on Sunday? (Lisa62)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Lucky, lucky me! I just found out that we are going to the F1 race on Sunday! Will I be seeing any <I>other</I> Volvos parked out in the parking lot? I've never been to a Formula One race "live", nor have I been to the Brickyard!!! Can't wait! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Wow, Lisa...good for you! What happened? Was it a surprise? Never been to the Brickyard but I have been to three F1 races; once in Montreal, once in the Hungaroring (Hungary) and once in Hockenheimring (Hockenheim). My F1 "goal" is to, once, watch the race in Monte Carlo, Monaco [sigh].<p>You will love F1, if you like motorsports and I take it that you do. The sound of those V10 engines is more than unique; they scream and sing at the same time!!! Get to the track early enough as the 2 hours before the race are the best time, besides qualifying! Make sure that you invest in a good pair of ear plugs as you will definitely need them unless you have very cheapy seats.<p>Who are you with? Are you...ahem, ALLOWED to support any team other than Jaguar? Don't know if your colleagues will slash your tires if you dare support the BMW/Williams, McLaren/Mercedes or Ferrari? Heeheehee!<p>Have fun and let us know what your impressions are, from your first ever F1 race!<p>Yannis
 

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I might go next year, so I'll be interested to hear what you think about it. I've been to a couple of F1 races in Montreal, but I was too young to really remember much (less than 3yrs old).<p>On a similar note, if you enjoy open wheel oval track racing, I would recommend gonig to an IRL race next season. I went to my first race this year at Richmond, VA, and it was GREAT! The access to the garage and pits is so good that you get to see all the drivers and cars up close, but without a big crowd. I got autographs from several people including Roger Penske, Helio Castroneves, Gil DeFerren, and Sam Hornish Jr. The racing is very close and always exciting, as anyone who's watched a race this season would know. On the night before the race they ran open wheel sprint cars and open wheel NASCAR modified cars. We watched part of a race while standing on the pit wall at the entrance of turn 1! I'm definitely going back next year.<p>
 

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What a blast! It <i>was</i> fantastic, except for one small snag! And yes, we took earplugs, thank goodness! It was a feast for the eyes and ears... The eyes got to see the sea of faces in the grandstands, which were PACKED solid. The ears most definitely got to hear the shrill whine (wheeeeeee!) of the engines winding up to ungodly RPMs. I could see Turns 1, 2, 3, 4, and part of 5. What a view! Getting to see the "Turn 1 melee" in person was neat. I didn't really get to explore the track's grounds/facilities...but I'll get to that later...<p>And yes, it was unexpected -- hubby came across somebody who had a few tickets left (as part of a block he purchased for a group here at work), so he got us 3 tickets (me, him, & kid) and we made it a family event. (By the way, getting earplugs into a suntan-lotion-slathered kid who's ready for naptime is no small task, I might add.) <p>I'm kind of "with" Ferrari & Schumacher (probably just because that's who hubby's "with", and I'd be banished from the living room if I rooted for anyone else, tee hee hee), but I follow the news on most of the teams & drivers. Hubby introduced me to F1 about 5 years ago, so that's how I got hooked. As for oval racing...nah...I like circuits with <i>twisties</i>. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> But thanks for the suggestion! I guess it wouldn't kill me to branch out a bit and expand my horizons - ha ha.<p>As for the "overall experience", well, wish I could say it went better than it did! As several of you parents out there probably know, Murphy's law applies when it comes to kids, especially on trips. Things went well at first. Saturday was cool. I schlepped us all down to the Air Force Museum in Dayton (too cool, what a place, and the IMAX was neat), and the day went well. Then things went downhill. We made it to the small town (outside Indy) where we planned to stay the night, but after dinner our kid got sick, and I mean SICK. <p>We got no sleep, whatsoever...but enthusiasm (or lunacy) allowed us to drag our sorry butts to the track pretty early, because kid seemed a bit better by morning, so we got to see some of the pre-race festivities. (We'd planned to be there at the crack of dawn, but didn't make it quite that early!) We took in the first couple laps, but then had to leave. Kiddo just couldn't handle any more than that. (And after all, what race fan really wants projectile vomiting going on right behind his/her back, right? Ha ha.) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> As a Mom, I was preoccupied with worry that my kid would start feeling bad again, yet somehow at the same time, as a Formula One fan, I was in awe of the spectacle of actually BEING there, you know? The mom in me won out over the motorsports enthusiast the instant my kid proclaimed discomfort, and we left immediately. <p>So, we just packed up and left, and vowed to have a "do-over" next year. Same time, same place, maybe we'll even do the Air Force Museum en route again (because it <i>was</i> quite a place). Some day I'd like to see a race over in Europe, like maybe tie it in to a 1-week to 10-day trip to Europe, you know. (Everybody's got dreams, right?) Anyhow, the ambiance was great, the screaming V-10s were unlike anything I've ever heard, and to see the drivers (and their hands, I could actually see their hands from where I was sitting!) doing their stuff <i>live</i> was GREAT!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>P.S. In case any of you noticed a family in a silver S60 and thought it was us, it wasn't. Hubby pointed out that we might have to park in a muddy, grassy lot (Heavens, no!), so we made the trip in his vehicle, not mine. <BR><BR>
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Glad you enjoyed the festivities but pity you could not stick around for the rest of the race. Not that it was an overly exciting race but it was not boring either. And you missed the photofinish by the two Ferraris...I am sure that your husband would have relished that. <p>Speaking of liking Ferrari, I am amazed that you to have not received...ahem, death threats, for not supporting the Jag team (PAG related)...As Detroiters, you should stick with what mama-Ford supports! I am going to report you to the Unions! Heeheehee!<p>Isn't the sound of those V10s amazing? No other engine sounds like it (well, it should not, there is only one F1 event but you get my drift). The "mad insect" whine as they go by is unparallelled!<p>I would like to go next year to Indy. Have been postponing it for a couple years now. This year I got very close but spent my "fun money" on my dear T-5 (computer and exhaust upgrade plus I will need 4 tires in a few months; not cheap!)...<p>The only time that I have been to the Air Force Museum was back in 1979 when I was an exchange student in Ohio...I lived for a year in a small town called <U>Wapakoneta</U>, Neil Armstrong's birthplace, right outside of Lima. Big farm country...not the ideal way to get broken in in the American way of life but it was an eye-opener!<p>Hope your kiddo feels better.<p>Yannis
 

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Yeah, it *was* a pity to have to leave early!!! But there's always next year, right?! (And yes, kid is doing much better. Whew!) And as for rooting for the "other" side, well, F1 is such a small blip on the radar screen for most of that crowd you mentioned above that I don't think they care. For every one or two folks here that follow F1, I bet there are a hundred that follow series like Winston Cup, CART, IRL, etc. <p>I have YET to see anybody here (at work, at the grocery store, wherever) waving Jag banners on race day! (Okay, I do know of one or two engineers that had the fantastic opportunity to go work on or near the Stewart-then-Jag efforts, and THEY displayed team paraphernalia at their desks and wore team logo polo shirts, but that's like 2 or 3 people. For the rest of the auto industry workers here, I'm guessing that their thoughts on F1 are more along the lines of "F-what?")<p>There's a "following" here for F1, but we are grossly outnumbered by race fans that follow other series that race on circuits much closer to home, you know? The following here (here in Southeast Michigan, and here in the U.S., for that matter) is <I>certainly</I> not as massive as it is in other countries, as we both know! And that's a good thing for the moment, right? Why? Because tickets are still obtainable for every-day-Joes like us (availability-wise and price-wise). Ha ha. Gotta watch out for ourselves, right? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emsmile.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
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You would think for all of the money Ford dumps into that team, there'd be more of a "Rah, Rah" atmosphere at home.... wierd. I guess since they are far from competitive this season, maybe it's just left forgotten.<p>So wanna hear some rumors I've heard from one of our Motorsport Vortex editors?<p>1) Bobby Rahal will probably be running a Ford Racing sponsored factory CART effort this year. Yup, no R8s in ALMS. That's the first rumor.<p>2) CART may adopt F1 rules, regs and standards and try to become a us F1 series. Sounds farfetched I know, but this guy is usually spot on so I'm curious...
 

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George,<br>Yeah, I heard Rumor #1 a while ago, too... <p>As for Formula One, good point! You'd think that for all the money Ford dumps into the Jag team there'd be a bit more of a following. Go figure. Their lackluster performance is probably part of the reason, though, and that's unfortunate. You can bet your bottom dollar that if they were in podium spots there'd be more interest...as with any sport, I suppose!<BR><BR>
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>2) CART may adopt F1 rules, regs and standards and try to become a us F1 series. Sounds farfetched I know, but this guy is usually spot on so I'm curious...<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Cart is dying, so I hope they don't become a parade like F1. Maybe they should try to be like the old F1, which I know little about, other than it was exciting and competitive.
 
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